How Do I Clean My Laptop?
Question: I got it at christmas, so it's not even a year old. I have 2 dogs and a cat and i keep it in my room, so sadly theres some hair ON and IN it ( i know, GROSS! ) How do i clean the gunk in the keys and whats the best product to clean the screen. Like, Windex etc. Should I use paper towels or a wash cloth? Things like this. Thank you :)
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Before attempting to clean your laptop, read the User's Manual to learn what the recommended procedure for cleaning your particular laptop is. Most laptop manufacturer's recommend thoroughly cleaning a laptop once a year but frequent travelers may wish to clean their laptop more often. When cleaning a laptop computer do not use any harsh cleaning agents or those which contain ammonia in them on any part of the laptop. Dirt that can build up inside and on your laptop computer includes pet hair and dander, dust, cigarette ashes and residue. This dirt can mar your display, affect the performance of the fans and block or cause problems with I/O ports. You'll need the following to clean your laptop computer: * Compressed Air * Cotton swabs * Cleaning solution * Soft cleaning cloth such as a cotton t-shirt. EXTERIOR: * Use a soft damp cloth such as an old cotton t-shirt to clean the casing. * Do not use a scratchy or abrasive cleaning cloth. * ] Don't use harsh cleaning products. * Never spray any cleaning solution directly onto the casing - spray onto a cloth first. COOLING VENTS: * Use a can of compressed air to clean the cooling vents. * Be careful with the compressed air that you don't spray too hard and get liquid on the fan blades. * Use cotton swabs to hold fans in place while you clean them. * Spraying directly on the fan and making them spin could cause them to over spin. I/O PORTS: * After the vents are cleaned, move to the I/O Ports. * Use cotton swabs to wipe away large pieces of dirt that have accumulated. * Compressed air can be used as well to blow the rest of the dirt away. * Just be careful to not blow dirt into the I/O Ports. DISPLAY: * Turn off the laptop before cleaning the display as you will dirt more easily on the screen. * Always use a non-abrasive cloth such as a cotton t-shirt. * Never use paper towels or tissues to clean your display. * Do not use any ammonia based cleaners on the display - they will leave a film. * You can purchase monitor cleaning solutions in spray or pre-moistened wipes. * Always spray on a cloth first then wipe the screen from left to right, top to bottom. * You can make your own cleaning solution using isopropyl alcohol and water. * Use one part water and one part isopropyl alcohol. KEYBOARD: * In order to keep your keyboard cleaner and prevent keys from sticking or malfunctioning, do your best to keep food and drink away from where you are working. * Even if you don't spill something directly on the laptop keyboard, you will get residue on your fingers and transfer that to the keyboard. * Compressed air can be used on the keyboard to get rid of dirt build-up. * Read your User's Manual to learn if the keys can be removed for cleaning. * Just be sure that you put the keys back in their proper place when you are done cleaning them. * Cotton swabs are useful for cleaning in and around keys. ** Reader Tip** From John: "Just an FYI, IBM laptops have a drain built into the sealed keyboard tray. They recommend pouring water in the keyboard to further drain any sticky liquids (coffee, pop, etc) and just letting it air-dry." Plan to set time aside to clean your laptop computer so that you will not be rushed and can do a thorough job. Rushing through cleaning your laptop computer will lead to problems and potential for damage to your laptop computer. You should do a complete cleaning of your laptop on a regular basis to keep it running properly.
You misunderstood the error message. While a hard disk drive does, technically, provide a *type* of "memory", when people say "memory", it is understood that they mean to say "random access memory". People frequently say "memory" to refer to RAM for short. It is universally understood that when someone says "memory", they are referring to RAM, even though you are, in a strictly technical sense, correct in your understanding that a hard disk drive also provides memory, though of a very different type. The error message was simply telling you that you are running low on what Windows refers to as "virtual memory", which is what I like to call "fake RAM". As you probably already know, virtual memory (or swap space) is a file or partition on the hard disk drive that the OS uses as though it were RAM. What the error message indicates is that you are already using all of your physical memory (again, for clarity, let me say that by this I mean physical RAM) and, what's more, you are now also running low on virtual memory (HDD space used as RAM). When you understand what the error message actually meant, it's quite obvious now why deleting files from your HDD didn't help, since that wasn't what the problem was in the first place. What you need to do is either run fewer programs simultaneously or get more RAM if possible.
To clean a laptop, it is difficult. You may damage it. Check Help & Support or the User's Manual you got with it. I guess you should use a locally available ammonia based cleaner for the screen unless you want to corrode it. Try special LCD screen cleaners. The keyboard should never be cleaned with a household vacuum cleaner, as it may be damaged. Use a compressed air can you will get in a computer store. You can get hold of a special, small vacuum cleaner too.
The price you mentioned is about the average cost to do any type of work on a laptop. Using compressed air doesn't help clean out the dust or dirt in your computer. It just blows it further inside your computer. A better way is to use a Qtip or toothpick to loosen the dirt in your air ports and then suck out the debris with a vacuum cleaner. Working on a laptop isn't too difficult. You can get a free manual for your laptop from Retrevo.com. Many tasks can be accomplished just by removing a couple of screws.
RE: How Do I Clean My Laptop? I got it at christmas, so it's not even a year old. I have 2 dogs and a cat and i keep it in my room, so sadly theres some hair ON and IN it ( i know, GROSS! ) How do i clean the gunk in the keys and whats the best product to clean the screen. Like, Windex etc. Should I use paper towels or a...
Go to "setting", then "control panel" and click "add or remove programs". Remove the program directly from there because sometimes the recycle bin cannot delete some type of program. If you would like to delete picture, article or song inside your laptop, you just need to delete it in recycle bin..
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